GOP lawmaker cautions health care bill is Obamacare 'tweak'
May 16 2017 by Harriet Stone
The second-term Blum says â€šÃ "Ãºonly about 10 percent of Obamacare was changed with this bill, â€šÃ "Ã¹ referring to the measure narrowly passed in the GOP-controlled House last week". Five states are down to one insurer left. "This law is collapsing".
"By decimating and underwriting Medicaid, you are forcing local taxpayers here in Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley to get stuck with the bill", Casey said.
New Yorkers would no longer be eligible for any federal tax credits when purchasing health insurance on the individual market because the law was written specifically to exclude help for the types of plans sold in our state. Coloradans deserve a health care system that provides access to affordable health insurance and health care services. The cuts would primarily come through transforming Medicaid into block grants, where states would receive fixed federal grants for Medicaid spending. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Indiana's Joe Donnelly. However, Americans need to learn to become more proactive about their health so they can stay healthy and ultimately decrease medical costs for themselves in order to decrease costs for everyone.
Change their patient mix: This means hospitals would have to seek out more commercially insured children, although many have already optimizing their commercial market share and may find it hard to raise rates to compensate for the Medicaid reductions. Since states can not print money, they can not run deficits.
But what the House GOP has proposed isn't the fix. Several states have already done this very successfully. Those with pre-existing conditions would most likely end up in high-risk pools with higher premiums and deductibles. It would also provide $8 billion through 2023 for people facing higher premiums. Because of that, there might be the potential in some states for a pregnant woman to be charged more for coverage.
The losers are 24 million Americans who will lose their coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the bill's precursor.
Republicans have given the facade of continued coverage for pre-existing conditions and for numerous Americans who have gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, but numerous Medicaid expansions are being changed to things like block grants for states. Blum, on the first day of his term, was one of 25 Republicans in January 2015 who refused to back the more pragmatic John Boehner for House speaker.
But Obamacare is unquestionably failing.
Mackowiak is syndicated columnist, an Austin-based Republican consultant and a former Capitol Hill and Bush administration aide.